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Third arrest made in Tampa diamond heist


Published:   |   Updated: December 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM

TAMPA — A third man has been arrested in connection with a diamond heist at the International Diamond Center in Tampa last month.

Special agents with Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Bryan Bobby Beaudoin, 24, on Thursday.

Clyde Bernard Johnson II and Anthony Wahba were charged earlier this month in the Nov. 22 robbery of the International Diamond Center, 10330 N. Dale Mabry Highway. They face charges of armed robbery of a business with a firearm, armed burglary of a business, two counts of armed robbery of a person with a firearm and attempted armed robbery of a person with a firearm.

In a criminal complaint, investigators said Beaudoin entered the diamond store to check out the layout, then gave Wahba and Johnson information on what jewelery cases to target.

Wahba and Johnson entered the store later. Johnson, armed with a 9 mm handgun, ordered employees to the ground. Wahba used a mini sledgehammer to smash glass display cases before taking several Rolex watches and diamonds. While Wahba filled a bag with jewelry, Johnson forced three employees at gunpoint to turn over their wallets, investigators said.

About an hour after the robbery, Wahba was seen on surveillance photos at a 7-Eleven in Dover using one of the victims’ credit cards. Wahba also bought a pack of cigarettes. The store clerk required his driver’s license to verify his age. The identification swipe on the driver’s license documented his date of birth, the last four digits of his driver’s license and expiration date, according to criminal compliant.

After Johnson and Wahba were arrested, they both told investigators that Beaudoin was the mastermind, according to the criminal complaint.

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